Monday, August 1, 2011

Biri: Going to Magasang & Magsapad Rock Formations

BIRI, Northern Samar - Among the six rock formations of Biri, Magasang (left) and Magsapad (right) are the most famous, the most photographed and the most accessible (relatively). While the Biri town proper is located on the western side of the island, Biri's rock formations are located on the eastern side.

The most recommended way to reach the rock formations is to take a 15-minute habal-habal ride from the town proper. Before leaving town, make sure you bring food and water as there are no stores on this side of the island.

The habal-habal ride will pass through sitios and small communities. The road is not yet completely cemented, so you can expect a bumpy ride in some areas. The journey doesn't end there as the actual rock formations are separated from the main island by a mangrove swamp. Our habal-habal driver, Kuya Totoy, also doubled as our guide for the day.

Magasang and Magsapad are best visited during low tide, when one can easily walk through the ankle-deep water of the mangrove swamp. Some areas may be deeper and some may be rocky. This is where your guide will be very helpful. During high tide the water could be waist-deep, in such cases one would need to swim or rent a paddle boat.

The mangrove plants were a result of a project conducted by the local government of Biri aimed at adding more attraction to the area and to provide habitat to birds and fishes. While walking through the mangrove, keep an eye for exotic, outlandish sea creatures.

It's very important to get a local guide as they are more familiar with the area. This will ensure your safety and will guarantee that you see the best spots.

See complete photo album: Biri, N. Samar: en Route to Magasang & Magsapad (August 1, 2011)

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